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Stephen Toth

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Assoc Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Faculty Comp - Service
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography

Stephen A. Toth is an associate professor of Modern European history at Arizona State University. His first book, Beyond Papillon: The French Overseas Penal Colonies, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2006. A revised and expanded French translation entitled Bagne: Guyane, Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1854-1952 was published by Gaussen in 2011. His next book entitled Mettray: A History of France’s Most Venerated Carceral Institution will be published by Cornell University Press in November 2019. 

Toth's research has also appeared in numerous international journals, including: Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Journal of Historical Sociology, History of Human Sciences, Journal of European Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and Crime, Histoire & Sociétés. He has also been the recipient of research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society.

Toth has worked as a consultant to the Australian government on its written application for the inclusion of its convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List (sites of cultural and natural heritage which have outstanding universal value) and appeared as an expert commentator in a National Geographic-Asia documentary on the history of Vietnam’s Con Dao island prison system.

At the West campus, Toth teaches courses including Western Civilization, Total War & Crisis of Modernity, Fascism in Europe, and History of Genocide.

Education
  • Ph.D. Modern European History, Indiana University 2000
  • Master's degree. History, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor's degrees. History and Journalism, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Research Interests
  • History of Modern France
  • History of Crime, Violence and Incarceration
  • History of Poverty and Marginality
Publications
  • Stephen A. Toth, Mettray: A History of France’s Most Venerated Carceral Institution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019).
  • Stephen A. Toth, "Monstrous Youth: Murder, Madness and Masculinity in Fin-de-Siecle France," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, vol. 12, no. 2 (2019): 241-61.
  • Stephen A. Toth. Bagne: Guyane, Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1854-1952 (Marseille: Gaussen, 2011).
  • Stephen A. Toth. "The Contard Affair: Private Power and State Control in Fin-de-Siècle France,"Journal of Historical Sociology  vol. 23, no. 2 (2010): 185-215. 
  • Stephen A. Toth, Beyond Papillon: The French Overseas Penal Colonies, paperback edition (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008).
  • Toth, Stephen A. Beyond Papillon: The French Overseas Penal Colonies (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006).
  • Stephen A. Toth, "The Desire to Deport: The Recidivist of Fin-de-Siècle France," Nineteenth-Century Contexts vol. 25, no. 2 (2003): 147-160.
  • Stephen A. Toth. "The Lords of Discipline: The Penal Colony Guards of New Caledonia and French Guiana," Crime, Histoire & Sociétés vol. 7, no. 3 (2003): 59-74.
  • Stephen A. Toth, "Desire and the Delinquent: Juvenile Crime and Deviance in Fin-de-Siècle French Criminology," History of the Human Sciences  vol. 10, no. 4 (1997): 65-83.
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 454History of Genocide
HST 454History of Genocide
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 494Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 355Total War and Crisis-Modernity
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
MAS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FOR 454History of Genocide
HST 454History of Genocide
HST 499Individualized Instruction
MAS 585Capstone Course
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 355Total War and Crisis-Modernity
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
MAS 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 104West Civ: French Rev to EU
FOR 454History of Genocide
HST 454History of Genocide
HST 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 355Total War and Crisis-Modernity
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
MAS 598Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 454History of Genocide
MAS 590Reading and Conference
JHR 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 355Total War and Crisis-Modernity
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 499Individualized Instruction
MAS 585Capstone Course
Presentations
  • Stephen A. Toth. Boy Behaving Badly: Murder and Modernity in Fin-de-Siecle France. European Social Science History Conference (Apr 2014).
  • Stephen Toth. Boy Behaving Badly: Modernity and the Murderous Child in Fin-de-Siècle France. European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, Austria (Apr 2014).
  • Stephen A. Toth. Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice in Modern Europe, 1870-1990. German Historical Institute, Washington DC and London (Mar 2011).
  • Stephen A. Toth. "The Contard Affair: Private Power and State Control in Fin-de-Siècle France.". Criminal Justice in Modern Europe, 1870-1990, German Historical Institute, Washington DC (Mar 2011).
  • Stephen A. Toth. Constructing Penal Modernity: A Comparative View of 20th-Century Penal Systems. 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Jan 2011).
  • Stephen A. Toth. Monstrous Bodies, Mad Mothers and Mysterious Children: Challenging Conceptions in Third Republic Science and Law. 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies (Apr 2010).
  • Stephen Toth. Race, Reproduction, and Family in French Colonialism. 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies (Mar 2009).
  • Toth, Stephen. Rethinking the Role of Violence in the Colonial Setting. 121st Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Jan 2007).
  • Toth, Stephen. Beyond Foucault: The Penal Colony Experience. XIVth George Rudé Seminar (Jul 2004).
  • Toth, Stephen. Colonial Identities. Encountering French History: A Conference Honoring the Contributions of William B. Cohen (Dec 2003).
  • Toth, Stephen. The Bagne Goes Hollywood: The French Penal Colony and American Culture. 49th Annual Meeting for French Historical Studies (Apr 2003).
  • Toth, Stephen. Back to the Future: The Intellectual Foundations of French Penal Colonization. 28th Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society (May 2002).
  • Toth, Stephen. The Lords of Discipline: The Bureaucratization of the Penal-Colonial Service. 26th Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History (Nov 2000).
  • Toth, Stephen. The Battle over the Body: Tropical Medicine and the Bagnes. 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies (Mar 2000).
  • Toth, Stephen. The Desire to Deport: The Recidivist of Fin-de-Siècle France. 24th Annual European Studies Conference (Oct 1999).
  • Toth, Stephen. Crime, Violence, and Catastrophe in Fin-de-Siècle France. 17th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, (Sep 1997).
  • Toth, Stephen. Consumption, Crisis and Conformity: Juvenile Deviance in French Criminology. Hagley Fellows Conference on Modernism and Technology (Mar 1997).
Service
  • Palgrave, Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • Articulation Task Force for History, West representative (2011 - Present)
  • Executive Advisory Board, Member (2010 - Present)
  • History Coordinating Committee, West representative (2008 - Present)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee, Member (2007 - Present)
  • NCIAS Curriculum Committee, Chair (2007 - Present)
  • NCIAS Promotion & Tenure Committee, Member (2007 - Present)
  • Arizona Course Equivalency and Transfer System (ACETS), Evaluator for History (2014 - 2015)
  • Executive Advisory Board, SHArCS, Member (2014 - 2015)
  • Subcommittee on FAR Alternative, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Peer Teaching Observation--Matt Simonton, Evaluator (2014 - 2014)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee--Julia Sarreal, Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Promotion and Tenure Peer Review Committee--Stefan Stantchev, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • French Politics, Culture and Society, Article Review (2014 - 2014)
  • NCIAS Promotion & Tenure Committee, HArCS Representative (2011 - 2014)
  • NCIAS Promotion & Tenure Committee, SHArCS Representative (2011 - 2014)
  • Bloomsbury, Manuscript Review (2014 - 2014)
  • Arizona Course Equivalency and Transfer System (ACETS), Evaluator (2013 - 2014)
  • Articulation Task Force for History, West Representative (2013 - 2014)
  • BA in Secondary Education, Contributing Author (2013 - 2014)
  • NCIAS Promotion & Tenure Committee, SHArCS Representative (2013 - 2014)
  • American Philosophical Society, Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • History Program SHArCS, Author (2013 - 2013)
  • Routledge, Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • History Program/HArCS, Evaluator (2013 - 2013)
  • French Historical Studies, Article Referee (2013 - 2013)
  • Law and History Review, Article Referee (2013 - 2013)
  • National Geographic (Asia Network), Commentator (2013 - 2013)
  • Articulation Transfer Representative for History, West Representative (2011 - 2013)
  • Arizona Course Equivalency and Transfer System (ACETS), Evaluator (2010 - 2013)
  • Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee, SHArCS Representative (2012 - 2013)
  • NCIAS Personnel Committee, SHArCS Representative (2012 - 2013)
  • Search Committee, Ancient history, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • Law and History Review, Article Referee (2012 - 2012)
  • French Historical Studies, Article Referee (2012 - 2012)
  • NCIAS Personnel Committee, Chair (2011 - 2012)
  • Palgrave/Macmillan, Manuscript Reviewer/Referee (2011 - 2011)
  • Probationary Review Committee, Chair (2011 - 2011)
  • University of Chicago Press, Manuscript Reviewer/Referee (2011 - 2011)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • Santana Brothers Film Production Company, Historical Advisor (2010 - 2011)
  • History Program/HArCS, Evaluator (2011 - 2011)
  • NCIAS Awards Committee, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • History Program/HArCS, Evaluator (2011 - 2011)
  • History Working Group, Committee Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Personnel Committee, Committee Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Instructor (2010 - 2010)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant Review Panelist (2010 - 2010)
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee, Committee Member (2010 - 2010)
  • Louisiana State University Press, Outside Referee (2010 - 2010)
  • French Historical Studies, Outside Referee (2010 - 2010)
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee, Member (2010 - 2010)
  • H-France, Book Review Editor (2006 - 2009)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • History Curriculum Working Group, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Search Committee, Latin American History, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • Search Committee, Medieval History, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • NCIAS Curriculum Committee, Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • NCIAS Promotion & Tenure Committee, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • NCIAS Curriculum Committee, Reviewer (2003 - 2008)
  • Palgrave/Macmillan, Referee/Reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • HArCS Division Director Search, Hiring Committee Member (2008 - 2008)
  • History Curriculum Working Group, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Senate Personnel Committee, Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • Northwest Regional Library, Guest Speaker (2007)
  • Australia, Department of Environment and Water Resource, Historical Advisor (2007 - 2007)
  • Preparing Future Faculty, Arizona State University, History Department, Guest Speaker (2007)
  • Palgrave/Macmillan, Referee/Reviewer (2007 - 2007)
  • University of Chicago Press, Referee/Reviewer (2007 - 2007)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Guest Speaker (2007)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Speaker (2007)
  • St. Matthew’s Middle School, Speaker (2007)
  • Ad Hoc Subcommittee on departmental differentiation and specialization, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Ad Hoc Subcommittee on History curriculum redesign, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Speaker (2006 - 2006)
  • Mountain Pointe High School, Ahwatukee, Arizona, External Evaluator (2006 - 2006)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Speaker (2006)
  • NCIAS College Assembly Parliamentarian (2004 - 2005)
  • Academic Senate, Liaison, Information Technology Advisory Committee (2004 - 2005)
  • Search Committee, Colonial American History, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Academic Senate, Junior Senator (2002 - 2004)
  • Information Technology Advisory Committee, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Search Committee, Early Modern Europe, Member (2003 - 2003)
  • Academic Senate, Acting Senior Senator (2002 - 2003)
  • Committee on Academic Advisement, Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Department of American Studies, Departmental Secretary (2001 - 2003)
  • Awards Committee, Palo Verde Magazine, Member (2002 - 2002)
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